Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

The symptoms of MS can vary depending upon which part of the brain/spinal cord the damage has occurred.  If the damage occurs on the nerves that are associated with sensations then numbness is a result.  Damage to the optic nerve leads to temporary or permanent loss of vision.  There are many other symptoms that usually include the inability to use certain parts of the body.

The symptoms of the neurological disorder can range from hardly noticeable where the sufferer can live life almost as normal to extremely bad where the sufferer has severe disabilities.

Most sufferers first notice MS through mild tingling sensations and numbness, which then go away.  The sufferer will then later suffer from the symptoms again (the sufferer doesn’t know when they will undergo another attack). This form of the disorder is known as relapsing remitting MS.  (The above picture is taken from

For around 50% of people the attacks do get worse and they become more debilitated.  The form of the disease is known as secondary progressive disease.

Some sufferers (only a small number) find that the symptoms gradually worsen over time; they are said to have primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Other minor symptoms are incontinence, problems with balance, pain and stiffness